American Atheists is really good at telling simple truths without sacrificing brevity. They’ve just taken out a huge digital 40’x40′ billboard in Times Square doing just that.
American Atheists launched a major billboard display on Tuesday that declares Christmas is better without the Christ. The huge 40′x40′ digital billboard is located in Times Square in Midtown Manhattan.
Here it is:
I love it! For one, it’s a metaphorical middle finger to the people who insist that everybody must celebrate the holidays their way – you know, the people so eat up with faith that they can take offense to being wished “Happy Holidays”.
“This season is a great time of year for a hundred reasons—none of them having to do with religion,” said American Atheists President David Silverman. “This year, start a new tradition: Don’t go to church. You hate it, it’s boring; you probably only go because you feel guilty or obligated. Instead, spend more time with your family and friends—or volunteer. There are better uses of your time and money.”
“Most people don’t care about any religious ties to the season because church and religion are not what Americans care about during this time of year—they care about family and friends and giving presents and food and having fun,” said Public Relations Director Dave Muscato. “Many so-called ‘Christmas’ traditions celebrated by Americans have nothing to do with Christianity. For example, the North Pole and Santa traditions come from Nordic and Germanic pagan traditions, and caroling, yule logs, mistletoe, holly wreaths all pre-date Christianity,”
“We all love this time of year,” Silverman added. “Christianity has been trying to claim ownership of the season for hundreds of years. But the winter solstice came first and so did its traditions. The season belongs to everybody.”
Quite so! Anybody wondering what meaning atheists find in life can just pay a visit to one during the holidays. We value generosity and try to volunteer to help the needy have a better holiday season (when our previous religious allies aren’t turning us away in favor of proselytizing). We value time with those we love. None of these things become less meaningful without plopping our sweaty asses in church to be preached at.